Eating Out in Newfoundland and Labrador

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re here. It’s week 31 in 2022 and I’m hosting Weekend Coffee Share linkup #81. Come on in for a coffee or tea, and let’s catch up.

When I was in Newfoundland and Labrador in June, I ate out every day. It was a great break from my cooking and cleaning routine at home. Since much of the traditional Newfoundland cuisine includes fish and I enjoy seafood, most of my lunch and dinner orders were seafood! I also tried moose meat which was lean and tasted like beef.

Here’s a sampling of some of the delicious food that was on my plate.

Arctic char (a cold-water fish) with wild rice and vegetables
Cod with coleslaw, baked potato and vegetables
Fish cakes with chutney, salad and berry dressing
Grilled salmon with potatoes, carrots and broccoli
Cod au Gratin with salad and a slice of bread

For desserts, pudding, cheesecake and mini jam tarts with blueberries, partridgeberries (lingonberries) or squash berries topped with thick cream were common and delicious.

When I was in Newfoundland and Labrador, it was the beginning of tourist season and the first full re-opening in the province since the pandemic started. Some seasonal staff just began their jobs a few days before I arrived and one place was short-staffed. However, at every single place, I received and greatly appreciated the warm hospitality, friendly service and delicious food.

I chatted with two fishermen who were hauling in their catch of the day at Sally’s Cove. They used their truck and a pulley system to bring the boat to land and unload their catch onto their truck; ready to go to the market or restaurants. Good to know how our food gets from farm to table, or in this case from sea to table.

I worked off my meals on several scenic walks. I hope to share a few walks in my next post.

Do you like seafood? Would you try moose meat?

Shared with Donna and Deb‘s #WhatsOnYourPlate, #SundayStills.

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81 thoughts on “Eating Out in Newfoundland and Labrador

  1. leannelc August 5, 2022 / 8:48 am

    Fresh fish is so delicious Natalie and we don’t get to eat it anywhere near as often as we used to. You were lucky to have so many different types to choose from and that Cod au Gratin looks amazing.

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 1:12 pm

      Hi Leanne, That cod au gratin was delicious. It exceeded my expectations. I wonder why you don’t get to eat fresh fish as often as you used to? I imagine fresh fish is abundant since Australia is surrounded by ocean waters.

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  2. Joanne August 5, 2022 / 9:20 am

    Those meals look so delicious!! I love seafood and I bet all those dishes were nice and fresh too

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 1:13 pm

      You bet right. All those dishes were fresh and delicious.

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  3. Maria August 5, 2022 / 9:33 am

    You have been eating good! I’m allergic to shellfish, but love moose (even though I am choosing to eat vegetarian now, I’ve had my fair share of moose before becoming vegetarian.) The desserts looks amazing. That trip must have been very special. It was fun that you choose to share the food on the trip. Have a great weekend!

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 1:22 pm

      Maria, Good for you to become a vegetarian. I eat vegetables and fruit every day but still have lean chicken in my diet. I shared the food on the trip since I think good food elevates the whole trip experience. I was pleasantly surprised at the consistent quality of the meals I had because some places that I visited were small coastal towns and fresh vegetables are hard to grow on the island of Newfoundland due to its climate. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      • Maria August 6, 2022 / 4:54 am

        Good food definitely elevates any trip 🙂 I imagine gardening has to be challenging on those islands. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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  4. Jennifer August 5, 2022 / 9:36 am

    Wow – those meals look delicious! So much wonderful seafood (and so fresh!) and the desserts even look enticing!:) The moose? Not so much to this vegetarian (um, pescatarian!) Your trip really sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 1:24 pm

      Jennifer, Thank you for your comment and linking up with Weekend coffee share. All the meals I had on my trip were very good. It was a treat to have fresh fish every day.

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 1:26 pm

      Kevin, Thank you for your visit and comment. That cod au gratin was delicious.

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  5. The Widow Badass August 5, 2022 / 11:44 am

    Wonderful shots of some amazing looking meals, Natalie! I loved the food when Joanne and I visited Newfoundland in 2019 – I also ate fresh seafood every chance I got. Thanks for joining in!

    Deb

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 1:28 pm

      Deb, I was pleasantly surprised at the consistent quality of my meals in NL. Most of the places I visited were small coastal towns. People sure know how to cook there.

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  6. Retirement Reflections August 5, 2022 / 1:47 pm

    Double YES to the seafood. A polite decline to the moosemeat.
    Your food photos and descriptions are wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us at Whatsonyourplatechallenge!

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you Donna for hosting WOYP challenge. I tried moose meat once just to satisfy my curiosity.

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  7. Thistles and Kiwis August 5, 2022 / 3:44 pm

    Looks like you ate really well on your trip – I love seafood too. I have eaten elk in Sweden and Finland and thought it really good. I’ve said it before but I will say it again, but I look forward to reading your post with my Saturday breakfast, Such a good start to the day!

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 4:50 pm

      Barbara, I’m happy and humbled that my post is part of your Saturday breakfast routine. Maybe I’ll have elk next time I’m in Western Canada where elk is common. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Terri Webster Schrandt August 5, 2022 / 3:53 pm

    Your trip to Labrador and New Foundland was very fruitful and you got several good posts out of your experiences, Natalie! I love when that happens! Wow, the food looks fantastic and I’m a seafood lover myself. Watching them catch the fish just shows how fresh that fish can be. Love your dessert choices, I’m so glad you could link to my latest post. It’s great to receive excellent hospitality and I’m sure the staff are so grateful to be working again. Did you enjoy good coffee to go with those desserts?

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 4:57 pm

      Terri, I’m happy I have desserts to link with your photo challenge. I enjoyed both coffee and tea for those desserts. I usually have tea when the desserts have cream topping. The first week that I was in Newfoundland and Labrador, it was the first time cruise ships were allowed to operate since the pandemic started. It was an exciting time for the hospitality people. I chatted with a few waiters and boat tour guides who are university students working their summer job. They were excited to work and earn money for their education.

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        • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 6:25 pm

          It will take time for local economy to recover from the long covid-19 shutdown.

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 5:21 pm

      The lobster meal was delicious but messier than my other meals 🙂

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  9. Liesbet @ Roaming About August 5, 2022 / 5:23 pm

    Yes and yes to your questions, Natalie. And, wow, that food looks scrumptious. Not a good idea to check out your post and photos while I’m hungry. I better go grab a snack soon!

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 5:38 pm

      Liesbet, I forgot to add a warning ‘not to read my post while hungry’ 🙂 Enjoy your snack. I’ve been back to my home cooking routine. I hope you had a wonderful time in Belgium.

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 5:39 pm

      I try to eat what’s available locally and experience the local cuisine when I travel.

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    • Natalie August 5, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      I was fortunate to have delicious food and fresh seafood for all my meals in Newfoundland and Labrador. Thank you for stopping by.

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  10. Ju-Lyn August 6, 2022 / 2:30 am

    One of the joys of travel is sampling the local fare – and it certainly looks like you did … that is a lot of fish & seafood!!!

    I noticed you asked about moose meat at the end of your post – did you try it? An Alaska cousin once brought back for us moose meat sausages – Loving Husband did like it (I didn’t try it as it didn’t appeal to my vegetarian sensibilities).

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    • Natalie August 6, 2022 / 8:42 am

      I tried moose meat once to satisfy my curiosity. It was good and tender.

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  11. Jackie August 6, 2022 / 9:15 am

    I can’t wait for all that seafood when we go in September!!

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    • Natalie August 6, 2022 / 9:25 am

      September is coming soon. The seafood in the coastal towns in NL is fresh and delicious.

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  12. Gary A Wilson August 6, 2022 / 12:14 pm

    Oh yes, bring on the moose meal. Moose mcnuggets with a BBQ dipping sauce & grilled onions – – yum.

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    • Natalie August 6, 2022 / 3:01 pm

      Sounds good, Gary. Thank you for stopping by.

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    • Natalie August 6, 2022 / 3:02 pm

      All delicious. Thank you Pam for stopping by.

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  13. Astrid August 6, 2022 / 3:30 pm

    I am so happy you enjoyed all the seafood! I don’t usually eat fish at a restaurant, although I do love certain kinds of seafood. I also love that you got a better idea of how your food goes from sea to table by talking to the fishermen.

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    • Natalie August 6, 2022 / 7:02 pm

      Eating out is certainly a treat for me. It was great chatting with the fishermen just as they arrived with their lobsters.

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  14. Deborah Drucker August 6, 2022 / 4:32 pm

    The seafood looks good. I don’t eat lobster. I am not sure if I would like moose meat, maybe too gamey.

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        • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 4:04 pm

          The moose meat I tried had no strong taste. It was lean, tender and tasty. Moose are herbivores and they like to eat leaves and fruits high above ground.

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  15. Marsha August 6, 2022 / 6:03 pm

    Hi Natalie, It is so fun to try new things when you eat out. Your plates look beautiful even though I don’t like seafood like lobster or other crawlers. Having lived in the Northwest, I have tried different types of wild meats like moose, deer, and I think bear, but it’s been a long time since I’ve tasted them. Your trip sounds so relaxing and yet a learning experience as well. Glad you had so much fun. 🙂

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    • Natalie August 6, 2022 / 7:10 pm

      Marsha, I try to eat local dishes when I travel. Lucky for me, I like seafood and there’s plenty of it in Newfoundland. I usually stay away from wild meats but tried moose once to satisfy my curiosity.

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      • Marsha August 8, 2022 / 12:18 pm

        Did you like the moose. It is hard for me to try sea food, but we have a restaurant here that makes a lobster nacho appetizer dish that is out of this world. You don’t have to like lobsters or nachos to love this treat. So once in a while I get brave. 🙂

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        • Natalie August 8, 2022 / 12:22 pm

          Yes, I liked the moose. It was tender and tasted lean with no strong smell or taste. The lobster nacho appetizer sounds yummy. How about when I visit Prescott, we go there so you can get brave again 🙂

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  16. csuhpat1 August 6, 2022 / 9:16 pm

    Looks like that you did some good eating while you were there. Sadly, I am very allergic to seafood and shellfish. But for all the fish lovers out there I bet that is a slice of heaven.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

    And yes I would eat moose meat.

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    • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 9:44 am

      Thank you, Patrick, for your comment. Food allergies are serious matters. Fortunately, there are more food choices than seafood and shellfish in Newfoundland if you go there. Have a wonderful week!

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  17. Lina Belle August 7, 2022 / 1:49 am

    These look so delicious and I would definitely try moose meat! I’ve always wanted to try chutney, but have never come across it anywhere. I should look up a recipe for it. 🙂

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    • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 9:45 am

      The chutney in that meal was very good. I hope you find a recipe you like.

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    • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 11:45 am

      Thank you for your visit and comment. All my meals in Newfoundland and Labrador were very good. I hope you enjoyed your quick visit to Toronto and Niagara Falls.

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    • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 1:46 pm

      The food was delicious. It was a great break from my routine grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up at home.

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  18. Suzanne@PictureRetirement August 7, 2022 / 4:08 pm

    Natalie, I love seafood and we have a friend who supplies us with whatever he catches on a weekly basis. We make him cheesecakes in return. I would try almost anything but anchovies. Just can’t get past the hairy-looking bits.

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    • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 4:22 pm

      Suzanne, That’s great bartering, fresh seafood vs. cheesecakes. I can eat anchovies but don’t look for them.

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  19. Dan Antion August 7, 2022 / 6:41 pm

    I don’t know if I’d try moose, but I would be delighted by any of those fish dishes!

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    • Natalie August 7, 2022 / 7:08 pm

      Dan, I normally stay away from wild meat but tried moose meat in Newfoundland once to satisfy my curiosity. It’s not something I see in the grocery stores or restaurants that I’ve been to in Toronto 🙂 The moose meal was quite good.

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  20. Kirstin August 7, 2022 / 11:25 pm

    I LOVE seafood and when I can get it fresh, all the better! I also love wild game. My dad hunted and fished, and was a taxidermist. I’ve never tried moose but I’ve had plenty of elk, deer, bison, and pheasant. No Weekend coffee share for me this week. I just couldn’t get it together.

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    • Natalie August 8, 2022 / 7:56 am

      Kirstin, You sure have had a variety of wild game. Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to your coffee share next weekend if you have time. Have a great week!

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  21. Julie August 8, 2022 / 12:26 am

    Cod au gratin looks so good! I would like to try to make that myself!

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    • Natalie August 8, 2022 / 7:57 am

      Yes, that cod au gratin was really good. I hope you share a picture when you make it. Have a great week!

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  22. Bernie August 9, 2022 / 12:24 am

    Nfld is amazing! The people are so wonderful. We found the food to be very good as I see you did. We ate at a couple of really outstanding places. Fresh seafood in a place like that makes me, occasionally, be sad that I am landlocked. Which means moose is on the menu at my house as is deer, bison but I have never had elk or bear. We have 3 hunters in the family so it’s hit and miss what we have when but we find it is all very lean meat with very little “wild” taste. Bernie

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    • Natalie August 9, 2022 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you Bernie for your comment. Good to know you enjoyed Newfoundland food and hospitality too. I haven’t had much exposure to wild meat growing up so trying moose meat was a new experience for me.

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  23. janine August 10, 2022 / 7:10 am

    I love seafood and all the dishes you tried look lovely. They must have tasted wonderfully fresh seeing as you saw them being caught and harvested on the doorstep. Yes I would try moose meat

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    • Natalie August 10, 2022 / 10:17 am

      Janine, Thank you for your visit and comment. The seafood that I had in Newfoundland was fresh and delicious. Good to know you’re open to try moose meat. It was lean, tender and good with no strong taste.

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    • Natalie September 26, 2022 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment.

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